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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Feb 7, 2011 12:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: TDIH: A Classic '69 Two-Fer

What is it about the month of February and the Grateful Dead? Lots of years have some wonderful show runs, but I especially love February 1969. There is something so unique about the ferocity of this early ’69 period. While the music is far from perfect, over the past few years I have especially grown to appreciate its power and beauty.

In my opinion, these early and late Stanley Theater shows of the short Midwest/East coast tour are the finest besides those of the Dream Bowl and Fillmore West runs at the end of the month.

The early show is strong, starting with a well jammed Dark Star and St. Stephen. Dark Star is beginning to get a bit longer by this time, and this one stretches to over 14 minutes. After an apparent power failure during William Tell, there is a brief Drums before The Eleven, while they get the juice going again. The Eleven>Lovelight is probably the best part of this early show; the playing is very wild, with an especially hot minor key segment leading into Lovelight.

Early Show:
Intro, Dark Star>Saint Stephen>William Tell Bridge, The Eleven>Lovelight

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-02-07.early.sbd.wiley.14472.sbeok.shnf

But it’s the late show that contains most of the big-time action. Following Bob’s George Washington joke, the band launches into what surely must be one of the most utterly unstoppable versions of the That’s It For The Other One suite ever performed. The sheer force of this Other One is absolutely unbelievable. An epic Cryptical follows, which leads into a slow burning, bluesy Death Don’t Have No Mercy, where jerry has a very nice solo.

Things only get better during a transcendent version of Alligator that, dare I say after many repeated listens, makes a case for the better, or at least equal, of 2/28/69. I know many will disagree, but this is one of my favorite-ever performances of this song! The short diversion into China Cat is just priceless!! Garcia is really in peak form here, winding through an endlessly creative and emotionally engaging jam, ending with a gorgeously intense, even lilting duet between him and the drummers. The show comes to a roaring conclusion with Pig and a monster Caution.

Late Show:
George Washington Story, Cryptical Envelopment>The Other One>Cryptical Envelopment>Death Don’t Have No Mercy, Alligator>Drums>Jam>China Cat Jam>Primal Alligator Jam>Caution>Feedback, Bid You Goodnight

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-02-07.late.sbd.wiley.14471.sbeok.shnf

Well I hope I didn’t spoil all the fun here, but if you’re a ’69 fan and you’ve never heard this one, then shame on you anyway ;)




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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 7, 2011 8:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Classic '69 Two-Fer

Excellent synopsis of these two very strong sets. There's not much to add. Representing the very best of early '69, I'm not sure why these performances seem to garner so little attention here. Though I'd hesitate to call these true classics, this date has been firmly entrenched in my top-ten for 1969 for a while.

Though the late show gets all the accolades, the short early set is excellent as well. I go to these two sets much more frequently than any other performances from early '69.

This performance would certainly benefit from a sonic upgrade such as the recent treatment given the Dream Bowl shows from a couple of weeks later. Hint, hint...

This post was modified by Cliff Hucker on 2011-02-07 16:30:21

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Feb 7, 2011 12:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Classic '69 Two-Fer

we can only hope for that...most of these feb. shows could hugely benfit from an upgrade. i often dream of what it would be like to hear some of them in the Fillmore West Box Set quality!

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Feb 7, 2011 3:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Classic '69 Two-Fer

Hey CC, excellent description of a fine, powerful show. Strangely (or maybe not so strangely, given the date), I was listening to it just the other day. But "strange" is the right word in this case, cuz I have a surreal story about it. Here goes.

The late show's on in the car, and Death Don’t Have No Mercy comes on. So picture this whole scene with that as a soundtrack. All of a sudden, traffic snarls. We try to circle through a back lane, but it's also clogged. Not normal "traffic jam" clogged, but "something is happening" clogged. Taxis, private cars, rickshaws, buses ... everything immobile and snarled.

With the song still playing, we slowly back up to the main road, where we realize that impromptu barricades are being set up and an angry crowd is gathering. Police are arriving; so is a jeep full of soldiers. It seems that a pedestrian had JUST been hit and killed by a vehicle and the crowd, not trusting the police to do jack, was insisting the driver be found. ("Insisting," as in "we'll riot if you don't find him, and if we find him ourselves, he's toast.") The driver, not surprisingly, had fled out of fear of the mob.

Death don’t have no mercy in this land …

Darkly surreal soundtrack, eh? Remind me not to play that particular song while in a car again!!!




This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2011-02-07 11:29:38

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Feb 7, 2011 12:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Classic '69 Two-Fer

oh my god...that is a crazy story AR! defiantly one of the creepiest coincidences i've ever heard...thanks for sharing

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Feb 7, 2011 5:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Classic '69 Two-Fer

Yeah, want a nice sweet one to balance that?

On the beach. Arabian Peninsula (UAE). Listening to 9/16/78, pretty average show but some good moments, particularly Hamza (pretty magical). Directly in front of me is a family: dad; veiled mom; and a little girl, about 10 and already veiled. "I Need a Miracle" is playing. The little girl runs up to her mom, asks something, and apparently gets a "yes, why not?" She whips off her veil and runs frolicking into the waves. A meaningless coincidence, sure, but just a cool little Soundtrack Moment!

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Feb 7, 2011 9:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Classic '69 Two-Fer

haha that is pretty neat...wish there were more of these in my life ;)

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Poster: portmcgroin Date: Feb 7, 2011 10:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Classic '69 Two-Fer

I read this book Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts and he talks about a time in India where this same kind of occurence happened. Instant Justice where someone is the cause of an accident and a crowd gathers and pulls him from a taxi and they beat him to a pulp. The book is a great read that just sucks you in. Surreal moment to say the least. Where in the world are you to experience that?

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Feb 7, 2011 5:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Classic '69 Two-Fer

Haven't read that; I'll have to look for it. I live in Kathmandu. Kind of India Lite :-) And actually not scary at all. Although that driver would undoubtedly have quite a different perspective.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 7, 2011 6:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Classic '69 Two-Fer

> I live in Kathmandu. Kind of India Lite

Classic.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 7, 2011 9:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Classic '69 Two-Fer

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Feb 7, 2011 6:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Classic '69 Two-Fer

Wow

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Feb 7, 2011 9:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Classic '69 Two-Fer

Thanks to all for the positive feedback btw...glad to know that this one is getting some play!

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Poster: zeroenvy Date: Feb 7, 2011 10:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Classic '69 Two-Fer

I prefer the early show.

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Feb 8, 2011 9:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH: A Classic '69 Two-Fer

Juvenile I know, but I just liked the title of this thread.